Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the patient's reproductive system, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. Some cases allow for a laparoscopic surgical solution, but that approach is generally considered to be technically challenging due to the extensive suturing and dissection required.
The da Vinci® Surgical System offers minimally invasive robotic technology which is well suited for treatment of certain gynecologic conditions.
Hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for women in the United States, and an estimated one third of all U.S. women will have a hysterectomy by age 60. Hysterectomies are typically performed for these conditions:
- Early stage gynecologic cancer
- Uterine prolapse
- Vaginal prolapse
The da Vinci difference for hysterectomy
For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
While hysterectomy is a relatively safe procedure, it may not be appropriate or necessary for all individuals or conditions. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
A common alternative to hysterectomy for fibroids is myomectomy, the surgical removal of fibroid tumors. The procedure is considered standard-of-care for women who want to preserve their fertility and/or uterus.
The da Vinci difference for myomectomy
The da Vinci Si System enables surgeons to perform this delicate operation with unmatched precision, vision and control using only a few small incisions.
Sacrocolpopexy is the procedure used to correct uterine or vaginal prolapse, which occurs when the surrounding muscles and ligaments stretch or weaken, causing the organ to slip or fall from its normal position. Typically, prolapse of the vagina or uterus gradually worsens over time and can only be fully corrected with surgery.
The da Vinci difference for sacrocolpopexy
Sacrocolpopexy can also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse and provide long-term support of the vagina.
More da Vinci applications
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.